Booting Fuchsia OS and Magenta Kernel on x86 PC USB Boot


Getting started



Welcome back everyone to another video, in this one we’ll be attempting to boot fuchsia os, or at least a part of it on an actual x86 PC based hardware. Fuchsia OS is still very much experimental at this stage, so expect more failures than success…

Before we get started I would like to give a shout out to sebe, who has on many occasions helped with Fuchsia and Magenta related issues…

So let’s get to it, there are some prerequisites before we get started, make sure that your fuchsia source is updated and you have completed the build for x86-64 target from the “getting started” guide. Once that is done, insert the usb drive that you want t make bootable while in the working directory execute the usb gigaboot build script inside the scripts folder.

This script has three options, one of which allows you to either use a basic magenta kernel based os without most of the Fuchsia functionality, we’ll look into it later on. Upon execution of the script, it will start to compile a few source files and after that it will ask the usb drive that is to be used to boot the OS, type the device name while making sure that you adhere to all the warnings as all of the data on the selected device will be wiped clean.

Once that is done the script will continue to write files to the USB drive, after it has completed the process it will automatically unmount the drive.

Finally now we can boot from the drive.

Here how it went for me, I didn’t boot at all on my laptop that is running on a pentium 3805U CPU, next the gigaboot bootloader booted fine on the same laptop but with a celeron based processor but failed to boot fuchsia or even just the magenta kernel.

Finally I tried it on the UP board that is running atom x5-z8350, which didn’t boot the full fuchsia os but was able to run the command line shell with the magenta kernel just fine…

And once again, this os is very experimental and supports a very small amount of intel hd gpu’s to display the GUI. and I can’t guarantee success as much as I can guarantee failure, but it’s still a fun experiment to do and just test what all hardware in your home or work is compatible with running the Fuchsia OS !!!

With that, I hope you enjoyed the show, thanks for liking sharing and subscribing and i’ll see you all in the next one.


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